As part of efforts to build the capacity and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Justice System of the country, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, turned over eight new office facilities to the judiciary.
The Administrator of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson, making remarks during the dedicatory ceremony noted that the project is as a result of the growing demands for increased access to justice and to ensure that supports from the Government of Liberia and partners, including the Government of Sweden and the UNDP office in Liberia, are fully utilized to the benefit of the nation.
Cllr. Nelson disclosed that the new facilities will include an office space and conference hall for the Judiciary Inquiry Commission (JIC), additional offices for Public Defenders, Supreme Court opinions binding workroom supported by the American Bar Association (ABA), Case Management Unit (CMU) supported by UNDP, Fixed Assets Management Unit and Employees Insurance office amongst others.
She thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) family and all support partners for making the work of the judiciary better.
For her part, the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Violet Baffour, reaffirmed her Organisation’s commitment to support the judiciary in order to ensure the impartial dispensing of justice to all in Liberia.
“We know that one of the ways to measure efficiency in the Justice system is to track and measure the progress of cases against the number of cases received, disposed and length of time it takes to dispose a case,” she said.
Ms. Baffour pointed out that the system will help users and custodians of the justice system identify bottlenecks to ensure the timely delivery of justice services.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor, has said the dedication of the new offices will help host some of the new institutions that have been created since the establishment of the Judiciary.
Chief Justice Korkpor also urged users of the new offices to use them wisely, while welcoming UNDP and its partners for the move.